Cougars Land a Tall One

This year's Junior Day was all about evaluation, as the Cougar coaching staff wanted to see a lot of the 2011 prospects up close before extending offers. After seeing a local player who has a very familiar name, BYU extended him an offer which he immediately accepted.

Colby Jorgensen is a 6-foot-7-inch, 225-pound athlete from Timpview High School in Provo, Utah. His older brother Austen Jorgensen signed with BYU several years ago, as did his cousin Spencer Hadley, who is currently serving a mission.

The Jorgensens are very much a BYU family, which made the decision to commit an extremely easy one for Colby.

"BYU is the only place I've ever wanted to play," he expressed. "My family, all we watch is BYU. We're huge BYU fans and always have been. I was wanting an offer really bad from them and when they did offer, I didn't have to think about it for even a second. I committed right when they offered."

Jorgensen was offered as an athlete, as the Cougar coaches are looking at him to possibly play four different positions while at BYU. In high school he's mainly played tight end, starring for Timpview at that position last season.

This year he hopes to star on the defensive side of the football, as he plans to see a lot of work at the defensive end position. While at Junior Day, Cougar coaches worked him out as a tight end, defensive end and even outside linebacker, all while mentioning to him that offensive tackle may be an option as well.

"I prefer tight end and would love to play that position at BYU," he remarked. "BYU uses their tight ends so well, I'm sure everyone wants to play tight end there, but I'm fine with playing another position, just whatever they think is best."

Jorgensen is an athlete in every sense of the word, as he has starred on the hardwood and could very well be starring in a lot of other sports if it weren't for him being so focused on football. Last year for Timpview, he showed amazingly light feet and agility for someone of his stature, which Cougar coaches obviously took note of.

He also possesses above-average speed, although he's not certain of his forty time because he hasn't been timed in the forty the past couple of years. This year he'll be looking to expand his role with the Thunderbirds, as he was unable to do as much during his first two seasons.

One of the big reasons - if not the reason - why Jorgensen hasn't been able to really extend himself to play other positions on the field was because of a ruptured spleen he incurred last year. That really set him behind as he saw his weight drop significantly.

"It was a scary thing for sure, but I got through it, but yeah, I wasn't able to attend any camps or Junior Days last summer because I was still recovering," he related. "I got up to about 208 for the football season, but after my ruptured spleen I got clear down to 180 or so, which I've worked very hard to get up from and now I'm about 225, but I still want to get bigger."

During Junior Day, Jorgensen apparently impressed enough to the point that the Cougar coaching staff informed not only him, but his entire family that head coach Bronco Mendenhall wanted to meet with them in his office.

"I knew that an offer was a possibility and when they told me that, I knew it was coming," said Jorgensen. "I can't tell you how excited I was and it was like a huge weight being lifted off of me."

While in his office, Mendenhall talked about most everything else other than football, which has become a fairly common practice with him and recruits. He spoke of what it takes to be a student athlete at BYU and asked some pointed questions about what Jorgensen stands for and how people view him.

"It was great, he talks to you very directly and wants to know if you're a good fit there," Jorgensen said. "I know all about BYU because my brother goes there and Spencer went there a year before his mission, so I've always known that I'm a good fit with their program and everything they do."

BYU is not a typical program, and that's just perfect for Jorgensen.

"I love all their service opportunities and everything the BYU program stands for," he expressed. "They do it right at BYU with concentrating on personal development as much or even more so than football development. It's a perfect school for me."

True to form, Jorgensen accepted his scholarship offer almost the second it was offered. He'll sign with BYU this coming February, play a year and then leave for a mission.

"It's really a dream come true for me," he summed up. "Due to my injury, I wasn't getting a lot of attention from anybody, but BYU kept contacting me and I knew that if I performed well in front of them, that it was very possible that they'd offer me. It's really all I've ever wanted. I love BYU, I love the coaches, I love that I'll be able to play with my older brother and my cousin. It's really a perfect thing for me and I couldn't be more excited."

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